Although often writing under a nom de plume my legal - if perhaps not True - identity is Tim Wolter. I'm retired from medicine and enjoying travel, family and teaching.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Mysteries of France-The Cartoon Eyes
Although I suppose all the merch is actually made in the same Chinese sweat shops I could not help but notice that the eyes of cartoon characters are different in France. Really. Have a look.
This first one is not too bad. Lego guy looks a bit heroic, and has cheekbone marks and a chin cleft not generally seen on round plastic cylinders, but the eyes are notable only for being a bit beadier than usual.
Same news stand. A Tom and Jerry comic where the cat has surprisingly villainous eyes. Oh, and it looks as if you get a plastic hammer as part of the deal. And are those blue plastic horse shoes? Yes, some opportunities for cooperative play between these two mortal foes. I suppose a plastic anvil was too bulky.
comparison T and J
At a street market. Tinkerbell looks fairly standard but Minnie is sporting some extra long lashes. And that Barbie clone front and center has eyes that occupy about 50% of the width of her face. Here in the states Babs has some unrealistic proportions to be sure, but the eyes are usually human.
Yikes! You know, I have issues with Garfield in his conventional format-that being a bipedal, omniverous sentinent being who can communicate telepathically with his half wit owner. But here we see him as a hideous lemur-god whose bulging eyes occupy his entire face. Sheesh, nightmare fuel....